8TH ANNUAL LA JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL

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www.lajfilmfest.org Putzel OPENING NIGHT GALA Saturday, June 1, 8:30 pm show begins Writer’s Guild Theater, 135 S. Dohney Drive Beverly Hills Los Angeles Premiere Comedy/USA/90 minutes/2012 Directed by Jason Chaet Produced by Allegra Cohen • Q&A with actor Jack Carpenter, director Jason Chaet, Actress/Producer Allegra Cohen, Actor, Fran Kranz and writer/producer Rick Moore. Stars Melanie Lynskey (Two and a Half Men), Susie Essman (Curb Your Enthusiasm), John Pankow and Jack Carpenter. For some, life is an adventure filled with opportunities to excel and places to explore. For Walter Himmelstein, a young man, endearingly known as Putzel, life literally doesn’t go beyond his family’s fish store and his community on the upper west side of Manhattan. In this heartwarming comedy, Walter’s aspirations of taking over his uncle’s smoked fish emporium are disrupted by the arrival of Sally, who becomes romantically involved with his about-to-retire and very-married uncle. While Walter tries to thwart their romance in order to ensure his taking over the business, he finds his circumscribed life thrown off kilter, and, after years of being undermined by his family and friends, he finally starts to realize his full potential. With Sally’s help, Walter confronts his fears and proves he is more than a Putzel. Second Screening: • Monday, June 3, 7:30 pm Laemmle’s Town Center, 17200 Ventura Blvd. Encino, CA 91316 My Father and the Man in Black Two screenings: Monday, June 3, 7:00 pm at Muvico Theater, 166 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360 Q&A with director Jonathan Holiff moderated by blogger Chava Tombosky of Huffington Post. Wednesday, June 5, 7:30 pm at Laemmle’s Music Hall, 9036 Wilshire Blvd. Beverly Hills, CA 90212 Q&A with director Jonathan Holiff, moderated by Rabbi Mark Borovitz of Beit Tshuvah Los Angeles Premiere DocumentaryCanada/90 minutes/2012 Directed by Jonathan Holiff Trailer: http://youtu.be/jtovAxxPo2Q An intense personal adventure with universal themes that just happens to feature one of 20th-century music’s greatest icons. ‘My Father and The Man In Black’ presents the untold story of ‘bad boy’ Johnny Cash, his talented but troubled manager, Saul Holiff, and a son searching for clues to his father’s suicide in the shadow of a legend. Lunch • Sunday, June 2, 3:00 pm Laemmle’s Music Hall, 9036 Wilshire Blvd. Beverly Hills, CA 90211 Los Angeles Premiere Documentary/USA/78 minutes/2012 Directed by Donna Kanter For the past 40 years, a group of writers and directors has been meeting for lunch every other Wednesday. The members and their meeting places have changed over the years, but their appetites for the ties that nourish their friendships have remained. Lunch goes beyond a single meal, and into the lives and successes of each comedy legend. Starring: Sid Caesar, Carl Reiner, Monty Hall, Arthur Hiller, Rocky Kalish, Hal Kanter, Arthur Marx, Gary Owens, John Rappaport, Matty Simmons and Ben Starr. • Q&A with director Donna Kanter, Arthur Hiller, Rocky Kalish, Ben Starr and other celebrity guests from film Neil Diamond: Solitary Man US Premiere one screening only: Sunday, June 2, 5:00 pm Laemmle’s Music Hall, 9036 Wilshire Blvd. Beverly Hills, CA 90211 Documentary/ UK/60 minutes/ 2011 Directed by Samantha Peters With a vibrant soundtrack and rare archival footage, this intimate portrait chronicles the pop icon’s personal life, career and rise to stardom. This insightful piece made by the BBC includes an exclusive interview with Neil Diamond, who speaks candidly about his struggles. Interviews with Robbie Robertson (The Band), Neil Sedaka, Micky Dolenz (The Monkees) with “I’m a Believer,” and others track Diamond from his Jewish childhood in Brooklyn to his early days in the Brill Building, his rise to magnetic superstar in the early 70s, sometimes called “the Jewish Elvis,” the lean years of the 80s, and his career reboot via Rick Rubin. Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir Sunday, June 2, 7:00 pm Laemmle’s Music Hall, 9036 Wilshire Blvd. Beverly Hills, CA 90211 Los Angeles Premiere Documentary/France/90 minutes/2012 Directed by Laurent Bouzereau Official Selection at the Cannes Film Festival Actor, director, Krakow Ghetto survivor, American fugitive — filmmaker Roman Polanski addresses every aspect of his celebrated, tragic and scandalous life in this intimate documentary. Interviewed by a long-time friend, Polanski sets the record straight on the 1968 murder of his pregnant wife, Sharon Tate, by the Manson cult, and his 1977 sexual encounter with a 13-year-old girl that led to his exile and, 30 years later, arrest in Switzerland. Clips from such Polanski classics as Rosemary’s Baby, Chintown and most especially, The Pianist connect the Oscar-winner’s anguished past as a survivor of the Holocaust with his artistic achievements, making for the definitive picture of this complex artist. Q&A with director Laurent Bouzereau moderated by Danielle Berrin, “Hollywood Jew” of the Jewish Journal (with a short film) Preceded by: Becoming Henry West Coast Premiere Short/USA/9 minutes/2012 Produced by Stephanie Silverman Houser A short film based on a true story from the book, An Unbroken Chain: My Journey though the Nazi Holocaust by Henry A. Oertelt. A German immigrant is questioned during a cocktail party in Minnesota regarding his whereabouts during World War II…and discovers that the world can be a very small place. • Q&A with Stephanie Silverman Houser • Sponsored by Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, Pamela & Randol Schoenberg and the Goldrich Family Foundation • Community Partner: The LA Polish Film Festival 
 All In (La suerte en tus manos) Sunday, June 2, 7:00 pm Laemmle’s Town Center, 17200 Ventura Blvd, Encino, CA 91316 Los Angeles Premiere Comedy/ Argentina/113 Minutes/ 2012 http://www.clang.mrecic.gov.ar/ Directed by Daniel Burman Spanish with English subtitles From acclaimed director, Daniel Burman this is a comedy starring Norma Aleandro, Luis Brandoni, Valeria Bertuccelli and Jorge Drexler. The film is about Uriel (Drexler), a divorced dad who enters his doctor’s office, declaring it’s time to get a vasectomy so he can enjoy his bachelorhood with peace of mind. He’s a hustler who’s always looking for special deals (and cheerfully lies to get them). He is disconcertingly dishonest with his children as well, despite his love for them. While on a gambling vacation, poker fan Uriel stumbles across his world weary ex-girlfriend Gloria (Bertuccelli), newly single and ready to be convinced she should give him another chance.” • Community partner: B’nai B’rith Reunion • In cooperation with the Consulate General of Argentina An Evening of Kosher Film, Photography and Music Presented by ATID & American Friends of Tel Aviv University Join us for an evening of “Jewish Culture” with a filmmaking workshop, food, music, Jewish-themed photography and short films made by emerging artists and filmmakers in their 20’s & 30’s. • Tuesday, June 4, 6:00pm – exhibit, reception & live music 6:45 pm – film screening Sinai Temple – 10400 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90024 Nono, the Zigzag Kid Los Angeles Premiere Comedy/Netherlands & Belgium/94 minutes/2012 Directed by Vincent Bal Starring Isabella Rossellini Dutch/French with English Subtitles Official Selection at the Berlinale The journey from childhood to adulthood is fraught with highs and lows, and it’s no different for thirteen-year-old Amnon Feierberg (or “Nono,” as he’s nicknamed), Nono (newcomer Thomas Simon), the son of the world’s greatest police inspector, is on a train trip to see his boring uncle when adventure calls. He meets his father’s arch-nemesis, notorious criminal Felix Glick, and puts his detective skills to work, wearing disguises and evading police as he heads to the French Riviera, where Felix introduces Nono to seductive nightclub chanteuse Lola Ciperola (Isabella Rossellini). With only twenty-four hours to go before his Bar Mitzvah, Nono must complete his high-stakes mission – while also confronting the mystery of his own identity and the truth about the mother he has never known. Adapting the beloved book by acclaimed Israeli writer David Grossman, Flemish writer-director Vincent Bal has created a witty, spirited and action-packed adventure. • Sunday, June 2, 5:00 pm Laemmle’s Town Center, 17200 Ventura Blvd, Encino, CA 91316 • Appropriate for age 10+ • Community Partners: The Builders of Jewish Education and the Zimmer Children’s Museum jTeenLA FilmFest: Telling the Jewish Story Shorts/USA/90 minutes/2012 The Righteous Conversations Project “Call to Action” Category /USA/2013 Multiple teen directors Program introduction by Halston Sage of Nickelodeon’s “How to Rock!” Back f for the second year, LAJFF, BJE and The Righteous Conversations Project will showcase a diverse range of student films that represents the burgeoning talent of the future generation of filmmakers from throughout Southern California. • Sunday, June 2, 3:00 pm Laemmle’s Town Center, 17200 Ventura Blvd, Encino, CA 91316 • Teen filmmaker panel & reception to follow screening • In partnership with Builders of Jewish Education & The Righteous Conversations Project The Last White Knight: Is Reconciliation Possible? West Coast Premiere http://movingbeyondprejudice.com/the-last-white-knight/ Documentary/Canada/78 minutes/2012 Directed by Paul Saltzman In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of civil rights leader, Medgar Evers In 1965, 21-year-old Torontonian, Paul Saltzman drove to Mississippi, volunteering as a civil rights worker with the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee. He was arrested, spending 10 days in jail. He smuggled letters out of jail to the Toronto Star. Canadian Foreign Affairs requested his release but Saltzman declined. Posted to one of the toughest segregationist towns, Greenwood, he helped disadvantaged sharecroppers register to vote. A young Klansman assaulted him. In 2007, Saltzman returned to find the KKK member who had punched him in the head, to explore if individual reconciliation was possible. He found him and a 5 year dialogue has ensued. His assailant was, Byron de la Beckwith Jr., whose father, Byron de la Beckwith Sr. murdered NAACP Field Secretary Medgar Evers. • Tuesday, June 4 at 7:30 pm Laemmle Music Hall, 9036 Wilshire Blvd. Beverly Hills, CA 90211 • Wednesday, June 5 at 7:30 pm Laemmle Town Center, 17200 Ventura Blvd, Encino, CA 91316 • Q&A with director Paul Saltzman and LA Urban League President, Nolan V. Rollins, ADL Regional Board Chair Seth M. Gerber, moderated by Naomi Pfefferman-Magid, Arts & Entertainment Editor of the Jewish Journal • Community Partner: Anti-Defamation League and the LA Urban League Beyond Right and Wrong: Stories of Justice and Forgiveness West Coast Premiere Documentary/Israel/USA/Rwanda/Ireland/81 minutes/2011 Directed by Roger Spottiswoode and Lekha Singh English and Hebrew with subtitles Co-directed by acclaimed director, Roger Spottiswoode (Shake Hands With the Devil, Tomorrow Never Dies), this feature documentary tells the stories of people who both endured and perpetrated cruelty and aggression in the genocide in Rwanda, the conflict in Israel/Palestine, and the “troubles” in Northern Ireland. This film focuses on extreme situations but is actually the human story of everyday possibilities in life.After the blood has dried, treaties are negotiated and screams have turned to silence, victims and perpetrators face an uneasy and painful peace. All wounds have not healed and reconciliation is needed. This film portrays the resilience of humanity when facing the chasm between rage and acceptance. • Tuesday, June 4, 7:30 pm Laemmle’s Town Center, 17200 Ventura Blvd, Encino, CA 91316 • Q&A with director Lekha Singh, moderated by Janice Kaminer-Reznik, Co-Founder and President of Jewish World Watch • In partnership with Jewish World Watch and CSUN Jewish Studies Program Preceded By: Road Angel US Premiere Short/Israel/15 minutes/2012 Directed by Steve Lainer Hebrew with English subtitles On his way to a village to find those responsible for the murder of his son, Moshik, a middle-aged Israeli man encounters an abandoned baby and simultaneously meets Manar, a troubled young Arabic woman. Could this chance meeting change their lives forever? • Q&A with director Steve Lainer Sonny Boy Los Angeles Premiere Drama/Netherlands /132 minutes/2011 Directed by Maria Peters Dutch with English subtitles Official Selection to the 2012 Academy Awards Offering a sweeping epic encompassing the years 1911–1945, this adaptation of the best-selling novel by Annejet van der Zijl tells the real-life love story of a mixed-race couple and their struggle to survive and help others in the Nazi-occupied Netherlands. Free spirit Rika, with four children, leaves her unfaithful husband and in order to survive, she rents out a spare room to the university student Waldemar, a bright young man from Surinam who is suffering deeply in racist Holland. Against all odds, Rika and Waldemar fall in love. They have a son, nicknamed “Sonny Boy.” As the war breaks out, they start a new life managing a guesthouse and work with the Resistance to provide a hiding place for Holland’s persecuted Jews. • Monday, June 3, 7:30 pm Laemmle’s Music Hall, 9036 Wilshire Blvd. Beverly Hills, CA 90211 • Introduction by actor Curt Lowens • In cooperation with Remember Us: The Righteous Conversations Project and the Shoah Foundation Two Who Dared: The Sharp’s War West Coast Premiere Documentary/USA/76 minutes/2012 Directed by Artemis Joukowsky The never before told story of Waitstill and Martha Sharp, an American minister and his wife who boldly committed to a life-threatening mission in Europe to help save imperiled Jews and refugees at the onset of World War II. In order to enable the clandestine transportation of refugees, they battled political and social blockades, broke laws to get imperiled individuals exit visas and laundered money on the black market. Over the course of two missions; in Prague (1939), and in Southern France (1940), the Sharps, and their underground confederates played a vital role in saving thousands from persecution. • Wednesday, June 5, 7:00 pm- Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills, 8844 Burton Way, Beverly Hills, CA 90211 Preceded By: Reporting on the Times: the New York Times and the Holocaust Los Angeles Premiere Directed by Emily Harrold Short/USA/18 minutes/2012 Inspired by Laurel Leff’s award winning book Buried by The Times, this film explores how The New York Times handled reports of the Holocaust during World War II. It also explores why The Times, a Jewish owned newspaper, buried more than one thousand articles in its back pages. Was it simply an oversight? Or did the publishers and editors fear an American antisemitic backlash? Though interviews and testimony of a Holocaust survivor, historians, journalists, and American citizens who lived through World War II, the film also asks viewers to consider the power of the press in creating change. Return to Reichenbach Los Angeles Premiere Documentary/Canada & Germany/55 minutes/2012 Directed by Maureen Kelleher English & German with English subtitles This compelling documentary weaves together the stories of two women – one orphaned by the Hitler’s regime and the other possibly the Nazi guard who protected her. The film intimately explores and contrasts their World War II experiences and crushing losses, and witnesses their fraught reunion more than half a century later. RETURN TO REICHENBACH gives audiences a rare opportunity to intimately experience history through the eyes of an everyday German woman and a Jewish girl. Preceded by: The New Woman: Annie “Londonderry” Kopchovsky West Coast Premiere Documentary/USA/27 minutes/2012 Directed by Gillian Willman Until 1894, there were no female sports stars, no product endorsement deals, and no young, Jewish mothers with the chutzpah to circle the globe on a bicycle. Annie Kopchovsky changed all of that. A spicy blend of adventure, social history, and portrait of an athletic pioneer, “The New Woman: Annie ‘Londonderry’ Kopchovsky” is a documentary film about an improbable journey by bicycle and the eccentric, fiery woman who dared to undertake it. • Tuesday, June 4, 12:00 pm National Council for Jewish Women, 543 N. Fairfax Ave. LA CA 90036 • Community Sponsor: Café Europa • Sponsored by Chana & Phil Bell in honor of Sophie & Max Lazar Disobedience: The Sousa Mendes Story (Desobeir) Los Angeles Premiere Drama/France/12 minutes/2012 Directed by Jimmy Nabi This remarkable true story has been described by historians as ‘the largest rescue action by a single individual during the Holocaust. June 1940 — Paris is occupied. Millions of refugees fleeing the advancing Nazi troops rush to Bordeaux, France seeking passage to safety. An anxious crowd surrounds the Consulate of Portugal, an officially ‘neutral’ nation. The Portuguese Consul is a man named Aristides de Sousa Mendes. But Portugal’s Prime Minister Salazar has forbidden its diplomats to open Portugal’s borders to ‘undesirables’ –specifically Jews. Sousa Mendes jeopardizes his career and family’s safety and prepares visas night and day, signing thousands of passports. It is estimated that he granted visas to as many as 30,000. www.sousamendesfoundation.org • Sunday, June 2, 11:00 am Laemmle Playhouse, 673 East Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91101 • Monday, June 3, 7:30 pm Temple Menorah – 1101 Camino Real, Redondo Beach, CA 90277 • Q&A with grandchildren of Sousa-Mendes visa recipients Preceded by: All the Broken Pieces World Premiere Short/USA/8 minutes/2012 Directed by Daniella Kahane Starring Tovah Feldshuh All the Broken Pieces explores the relationship between a grandmother with early onset Alzheimer’s and her young granddaughter. June 6, 2013 LA JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL CLOSING NIGHT WORLD PREMIERE FILM!!! When Comedy Went to School World Premiere 
 Documentary/USA/76 minutes/2013 Directed by Ron Frank & Mevlut Akkaya Written by Lawrence Richards 
 Trailer: http://vimeo.com/49431796 This remarkable documentary presents an entertaining portrait of this country’s greatest generation of comedians – the generation that includes the likes of Jerry Lewis, Sid Caesar, Larry King, Jackie Mason, Mort 
Sahl, Jerry Stiller and others, all of whom make appearances in the film, telling jokes and telling their stories. The film also asks the question: Why are so many comedians Jewish? The answer is found in New York State’s Catskill Mountains, where Jewish immigrants transformed lush farmland into the world’s largest resort complex of the 20th century. Those Catskill resorts not only offered a burgeoning Jewish middle class a place to vacation with other Jews, it also provided the setting for a remarkable group of young Jewish-American comedians to hone their craft and become worldwide legends. It was truly When Comedy Went to School. 
 • CLOSING NIGHT 
 • Thursday, June 6, 7:30 pm Laemmle’s Town Center, 17200 Ventura Blvd, Encino, CA 91316 
 • Q&A with film co-director Ron Frank moderated by stand-up comedian, Judy Carter and special guests Larry King and Sandy Hackett (son of Buddy Hackett) from the film attending.